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A LARGE CHEEK TUMOUR & 15 ROTTEN
TEETH IN AN OLD DOG
Case study written in 2010
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow)
To ensure a good clinical outcome, the dog should be given a short duration of anaesthesia for dental extraction. 15 rotten teeth were extracted. Then another anaesthetic to excise the tumour at another time. This must be clearly explained to the owner who might be thinking that the vet is out to fleece her by doing two surgeries instead of one.
There will be vets who do everything at one go. If the old dog dies, then it is bad luck to the owner. After all, she had signed the "Surgery and Anaesthesia Consent Form" and had understood the risks. The owner still had to pay. But death of an old companion on the operating would never be forgotten or forgiven by the owner or family members.
In this case, the oral tumour is badly infected and rotting. It would be foolish to try and excise it after extraction of 15 rotten loose teeth. The wound would not heal well and the outcome would be unsatisfactory.
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